Two Emus Café

Discover the secret courtyard bistro bar at the National Art School, in the heart of Darlinghurst. Eat outdoors under the palms and eucalypts, surrounded by the massive convict cut sandstone walls. Located in what was once the debtors’ quarters of the old Darlinghurst Gaol, Two Emus is where artists and art students come together.

Whether you want to grab a meal on the go or kick back and relax over brunch, our flavour-packed menu has something for everyone, with fresh, local produce. Dishes start from only $7, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Enjoy the casual artist focused atmosphere where all are welcome.

About Two Emus

Henry Louis Bertrand – dubbed as the ‘Demon Dentist of Wynyard Square’ was sentenced to be hanged for killing his girlfriend’s husband, (he was married at the time). He claimed innocence and his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He continued to perform dentistry duties whilst at prison and set up the first artist studio, in E Wing – in his cell. He was well educated in art and music, with particular skills in ivory carving. Bertrand was imprisoned under the notorious Governor Henry Keck, known as the ‘Prince of Rackets’; who ran a sly grog trade, was enterprising with prisoner labour and kept a menagerie of which included two emus, along with cows and monkeys. During his time in prison, Bertrand created a delicate bone carving depicting the two emus that lived on site. In honour of this tale from the gaol history, Keck’s emus are immortalised by Bertrand’s carving, and in naming this establishment, Two Emus.

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